Monday, December 19, 2016

Week 60

The Tacoma Mission

Christmas coming up this week has truly brought the spirit of Christ. I am so grateful to have the privilege of serving a mission, especially at this time of year.

-Our headquarter referral became a new investigator! But he lives in Tacoma so he'll be taught by the Tacoma missionaries. (everybody lives in Tacoma. Literally everyone we talked to this week is either from Tacoma, moving to Tacoma, or is visiting Tacoma...)
-Exchanges with Sister Bowman - We met a family from Guam and they'll be teaching them later this week!
-Had our mission Christmas party and our zone memorized "The Living Christ" and sung "I Believe in Christ" The spirit was in abundance because Christ truly is the Living Son of the Living God.
-Our mission did a 'Festival of Finding' - we went out with different missionaries in different areas and just knocked on doors for 6 hours. It was one of the most amazing days on my mission because WOW. People are prepared everywhere. We just have to have the faith to find them and then the confidence to teach them our unique message. We went to an apartment complex and found these 2 guys helping their friend move. We started talking to them and they don't have religion, but they do have a strong faith in God. Sister Peterson and I shared Joseph Smith's experience and she asked the guy, David, what he thought about that. His response was, "it reminds me of footprints." He then bore his testimony about how he knows God is always there for us because He carries us through our trials and always walks with us.
-Last night we went knocking on doors again and met a man who has also never really had a part in religion. Sister Erickson and I testified that God loves us and our families and has given us this gospel to bless us. He said yes when we invited him to be baptized. ♥

I've been studying the Atonement recently. Specifically Alma 42 in the Book of Mormon.

15 And now, the plan of mercy could not be brought about except an atonement should be made; therefore God himself atoneth for the sins of the world, to bring about the plan of mercy, to appease the demands of justice, that God might be a perfect, just God, and a merciful God also.

God, our Heavenly Father, loves all of us unconditionally because we are His children. Because of His love He's created a plan for us to learn and to grow and to return to live with Him and to become like Him. But in order for this plan to happen, He gave us our agency - the ability to choose. Which introduced sin into this plan. Because of sin and death we are eternally separated from God.  God has to be just. No unclean thing can live with Him. Jesus Christ is the gift that God gave us to overcome both sin and death. He pays the price for our sins and allows God to also be perfectly merciful.

I am so grateful for my Savior and for the Love that He extends towards me.

I love you all! MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Sister Hammond ♥

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